During the WWE Fastlane Kickoff show, Sam says he did not think that Mandy could be a credible threat for the title at this point but after the last few weeks, he thinks she could be. Beth says this could be her moment.
Kayla Braxton is in the back and she is with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Mandy is asked if her wins were due to chicanery and Asuka is more motivated. Mandy says that Asuka attacked them last week so Mandy is in Asuka’s head. Asuka is looking for any advantage. Mandy says it will be a long shot for Asuka to win. Sonya says that Mandy now has the edge.
EC3 stops by and he says Mandy’s name. He says he is between Raw and Smackdown and he is a hot commodity.
Sonya says we wait months to hear him speak and that is it? Sonya says that Mandy was not put on this Earth to flirt with a human tanning bed. Sonya tells EC3 to take a hike.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Asuka versus Mandy Rose (with Sonya Deville)
They lock up and Mandy with a wrist lock but Asuka with a reversal and snap mare. Asuka with a kick and side head lock. Mandy pulls Asuka by the hair and takes Asuka down but Asuka goes for a heel hook. Mandy gets to the ropes. Mandy sends Asuka to the apron but Asuka with a kick and then Asuka sees Sonya on the floor. Mandy with a front face lock as she pulls Asuka in from the apron. Asuka with an ankle lock and Sonya distracts Asuka.
Asuka with an O’Connor Roll and Mandy with a knee after Sonya distracts Asuka again. Mandy gets a near fall. Mandy with punches. Mandy with a suplex for a near fall. Mandy with an abdominal stretch into a front face lock. Asuka blocks a suplex and Asuka with a waist lock and octopus. Sonya looks under the ring for something and Mandy escapes the hold and gets a near fall. Mandy with a forearm and she pie faces Asuka. Asuka with a chop and more strikes. Mandy with an Irish whip but Asuka with a missile drop kick.
Asuka with strikes to Mandy and Asuka blocks a kick and Asuka with a back heel kick. Asuka with a running hip into the corner followed by a German suplex. Asuka with a sliding knee for a near fall. Asuka with kicks to the back but she misses a hip attack in the ropes. Mandy with a jumping knee for a near fall. Mandy sets for the Implant Buster but Asuka blocks it and hits a pop up knee. Asuak with forearms and Mandy gets a kendo stick from under the ring. Asuka misses a round kick and Mandy trips on the ring skirt and Asuks with a spinning back heel kick for the three count.
Winner: Asuka (Retains Championship)
Mandy Rose (with Sonya Deville) vs. Naomi
They lock up and Naomi with a drop kick and Naomi slides into a slap. Naomi goes for a slam but Mandy gets to her feet. Naomi with a spinning sit out jaw breaker. Sonya distracts Naomi and Mandy with a jumping knee and the Implant Buster for the three count.
Winner: Mandy Rose
After the match, Sonya and Mandy back up the ramp and Asuka comes up behind and she attacks Sonya and sends her into the wall. Asuka does the same to Mandy.
Mandy Rose will get the opportunity to prove that the spotlight should always be on her when she challenges SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka at WWE Fastlane.
The Golden Goddess stunned the WWE Universe on the Feb. 19 edition of SmackDown LIVE when she not only stepped to The Empress of Tomorrow, but defeated Asuka in one-on-one competition. Of course, that came after Rose faked an eye injury to create an opening for herself.
In a WWE.com Exclusive interview announcing the match, The Golden Goddess boldly claimed that after their match, Asuka wasn’t ready for Mandy Rose. Will that be the case when the two clash for the SmackDown Women’s Championship? Find out at WWE Fastlane, Sunday, March 10, at 7 ET/4 PT, streaming live on the award-winning WWE Network!
SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka comes out to the ring for an interview. She says she doesn’t want to talk about Becky and Charlotte anymore, she wants to know who is ready for Asuka right now. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville come out to interrupt. Mandy tells Asuka to take some advice from her, because she’s the most-talked about superstar in WWE. She hits the ring and we have a match.
Asuka vs. Mandy Rose
This one is a non-title match. The opening bell sounds and Asuka connects with a leg kick and then a dropkick. Lacey Evans comes out to interrupt very early in the match. Lacey walks down the ramp and she turns around and heads backstage. Mandy takes advantage of the distraction and rolls up Asuka from behind for a two count. Mandy follows up with some strikes, then she takes Asuka into the corner. Asuka dumps Mandy outside, but back in the ring Mandy turns things around with a gut-wrench suplex. Asuka looks for a knee bar, but Mandy rolls outside. Asuka follows her out, and Mandy hits her with a knee to the face. Back in the ring, Mandy stomps on Asuka then wastes some time talking trash. Asuka comes back with shots to the face and then a missile dropkick off the middle rope. Asuka follows up with a spinning heel kick for a two count. Asuka hits a German suplex and a Shining Wizard for another two count. Asuka hits a knee to the face and Mandy starts selling that Asuka poked her eye. The ref pulls off Asuka, and Mandy pulls Asuka neck-first into the middle rope. Mandy rolls up Asuka for the three count.
Winner: Mandy Rose
Mandy and Sonya celebrate on the ramp, and Asuka looks shocked.
The Golden Goddess isn’t surprised that she defeated Asuka on SmackDown LIVE. In fact, she wonders why everyone else has a hard time figuring out The Empress of Tomorrow.
Women’s Elimination Chamber match
The winners of this match will be the first-ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Bayley and Sasha start off against Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Bayley and Sasha start off strong with dropkicks and running knee strikes to the face in tandem, and then neckbreakers on Mandy and Sonya. Sonya looks for a shot in the corner, but Sonya reverses into a slam and pin for a two count. Mandy and Sonya miss kicks up against the cage wall and Sonya and Bayley drop them. The countdown starts, and Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan enter next. They immediately beat down Bayley and Sasha, then they fight with Mandy and Sonya. This leads to a big pyramid super-plex in the corner, and everyone is down. The IIconics enter next and beat on the women who are all already down. The IIconics start working over Sasha’s shoulder now and pin her for a two count. The Iiconics try to choke Sasha and Bayley up against the cage, then Peyton Royce somersaults over the top rope and kicks Bayley in the face. The countdown starts, and Carmella and Naomi are in next. Carmella and Naomi clean house and hit bronco busters on all their opponents in opposite corners. There’s a flurry of offense as everyone starts getting to their feet. Peyton hits a neckbreaker on Sasha, then Liv hits a facebuster on Peyton. Many Rose suplexes Liv, then Sarah hits a Fisherman’s suplex on Mandy. Sonya spears Sarah down, then Carmella superkicks her. Naomi and Mandy go at it now, and Naomi hits the running hip attack on her. The IIconics double team Naomi and they both pin her at the same time for the three count. Naomi and Carmella are now eliminated.
The other teams surround the IIconics now, but then the countdown starts and Nia Jax and Tamina enter. Nia and Tamina clean house and drop everyone in their sight. Tamina and Nia pin The IIconics first, and The Iiconics are now eliminated. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan starts fighting back against Nia and Tamina and they drop them both. They double team Tamina and pin, but Nia breaks it up. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose double team Nia now for a two count. Banks hits a running knee on Tamina in the corner, then her and Sasha double team Morgan and Logan. The Riott Squad climbs to the top of one of the pods now to avoid the chaos below as everyone goes at it. Banks and Bayley double team Morgan and Logan, then Nia drops them. Liv comes flying off the top with a splash on Nia on the cage floor. Nia and Tamina fight back and drop both Riott Squad members, then Tamina hits the splash off the top on both of them for the three count. The Riott Squad is now eliminated.
Nia charges at Bayley against a pod, but Bayley moves and Nia crashes in to the pod by herself. Bayley and Sasha now double team Tamina and pin her for the three count. Nia and Tamina are now eliminated. It’s down to Sasha and Bayley, against Mandy and Sonya. They all start brawling in the middle of the ring now. Banks and Bayley are able to double team Sonya and pin, but Mandy breaks it up. Mandy and Bayley start climbing the cage now to the top of a pod, and Sasha follows. Sonya climbs up now too, but Bayley kicks her down. Bayley hops down, and Sonya spears her into the pod. Mandy and Sasha come down from the pod next, and Mandy suplexes Sasha for a two count. Mandy and Sonya try to double team Sasha, but Sasha reverses it and drops them both. Sasha goes for the Banks Statement on Sonya and locks it in. Sonya taps out, and now Bayley and Sasha are the first women’s Tag Team Champions.
Winners & new Women’s Tag Team Champions: Bayley & Sasha Banks
After the match, Bayley and Sasha do an in-ring interview where they cry while the crowd chants “you deserve it.” Sasha says there’s here to stay, and they’re going to change things forever.